HIGBEE, Margaret Ann
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Margaret Ann Higbee, passed away February 5, 2013 in Pasadena. Ann was born to Margaret and Fred Spalty on October 10, 1924 in Los Angeles, CA. Her younger brother Bob, and sister Dottie, have remained lifelong friends. She was baptized, confirmed and married as an Episcopalian.
Growing up in Southern California, Ann enjoyed many childhood outings with her family. There were trips to the Palos Verdes tide pools, walks in the desert, hikes in the San Gabriel and Sierra Nevada Mountains and week long vacations in Big Bear. Sundays were often spent visiting the museums at Exposition Park, the Griffith Park Planetarium or the Los Angeles and San Diego Zoos. Other highlights were the San Francisco World's Fair and riding her Uncle Foster's live steam locomotive models.
Growing up, Ann was busy with dancing and swimming lessons. In high school she took up fencing. By age 11, she had decided to become a teacher. Pursuing this goal she earned a B.A. and M.A. at UCLA and CSULA.
Ann retired from a fulfilling 47 year career in elementary education in 1996, having spent her final 37 years with the La Canada School District. She continued her educational involvement after retirement by reading stories weekly to four and five year olds at the All Saints Children's Center, contributing to Young and Healthy, and participating in groups that award scholarships and grants to college students.
An enthusiast for the city of Pasadena, Ann contributed to Pasadena Heritage, the Pasadena Museum of History and the Huntington Library. She has also been a Friend of the Gamble House.
Ann's other hobby, writing Haiku - a form of Japanese poetry - has been a way for her to express her enjoyment of nature, both in the present, and from her memories of the flora and fauna of her childhood.
Ann's daughter Lindsay White and her son-in-law Stan, have followed in her footsteps as teachers. Ann has appreciated their support and friendship through the years. She has been especially proud of her grandson Kyle, a college professor of Philosophy. Spending time with her family has always been a source of joy and comfort for Ann, who was much loved by her family.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm at All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Feb. 12, 2013